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New Missouri laws taking effect

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 1:45 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri motorists will need to move over for Transportation Department vehicles under a new state law, while another new law concerning disruption at worship services is being challenged in court.

Both are among numerous new state laws taking effect Tuesday.

The traffic law requires drivers to change lanes and yield when approaching a stopped Department of Transportation vehicle with amber or white lights.

The other law makes it a misdemeanor to interrupt a "house of worship" with profane language or rude or indecent behavior.

A federal lawsuit contends that the law is too vague and infringes on free-speech rights. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union are representing two individuals and two groups who picket outside churches against clergy who allegedly sexually abused children.


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